Kerr Neilson: This opportunity will drive the next decade of growth
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by Livewire Markets
2w ago
Over the last four years, Success and More Interesting Stuff has been privileged to host some of the legends of the Australian equity market. Arguably though no one has had more of an impact on the industry than Kerr Neilson.   Originally from South Africa, Neilson landed on Australian shores in 1983 where he joined the ranks of Bankers Trust. BT was on the rise and Neilson stood out among the pack. After just two years, he was placed in charge of the retail business. Under his leadership, it became the growth engine of the firm managing money around the globe.   BT’s mercurial ..read more
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How ’The Speculator’s Diary’ got Ben Griffiths got hooked on small caps (and why he thinks we’re in a ’pause rally’)
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by Livewire Markets
2M ago
Every year,  fund manager Eley Griffiths invites stockbrokers from across the country to a lavish dinner. In the cutthroat world of the share market, stockbrokers rarely get treated by their clients. Eley Griffiths, the $1.2 billion small company manager known affectionately as EGG, is a rare breed. The fact that EGG is currently celebrating its 20th year is a testament to the value that everyone contributes to the process of grinding out returns in the volatile small company market. It is a deliberate strategy and reflects the founder's personality.  Ben Griffiths is a 30-year-plus ..read more
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Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner shares the highs and lows of Flight Centre and his 50 years in travel
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by Livewire Markets
3M ago
Graham "Skroo" Turner grew up in splendid isolation. His family owned an orchard in Southeast Queensland, and he rode a pushbike to school, which was so small it only required one teacher. Even when he went to university, he avoided humans and decided to study vet science. Skroo, now seventy-four years old, still sits atop of Flight Centre (ASX:FLT), Australia's largest travel agency, which operates in twenty-four countries. He is the fearless leader of thousands of employees and has a unique management technique that has allowed the company to scale well beyond its humble beginnings. While Fl ..read more
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The CEO who kicked the incumbents to the curb (and delivered investors a +4000% return in the process)
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by Livewire Markets
3M ago
It's been just over a decade since Andrew Alcock took a risk on a small up-and-coming investment platform. The gamble has certainly paid off. Since joining the firm in July 2013, HUB24's (ASX: HUB) share price has skyrocketed around 4200% - turning an ASX-listed microcap into a market-leading 30-bagger.  In the early months of 2013, HUB24 was on its knees. The company experienced a boardroom battle, an emergency capital raising, and a lack of leadership. Born out of the stockbroking outfit InvestorFirst, the company was losing millions of dollars a year and its future was d ..read more
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Stick to your knitting: Anton Tagliaferro’s secret to high conviction investing
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by Livewire Markets
5M ago
Anton Tagliaferro grew up in Malta, playing football and studying with the dream of someday becoming a doctor. This was pushed aside, however, when political unrest in his native country led him to leave for London, where he ended up studying accounting.    Soon after graduating, Anton discovered the world of funds management and was hooked on the idea immediately. Through taking advantage of chance opportunities, Anton was able to migrate into an equities manager role, where he began building a personal brand as a reliable investor. After receiving encouragement from clients, Anton ..read more
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Meet the man who turned Nick Scali into a 10-bagger
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by Livewire Markets
5M ago
Nick Scali is a furniture powerhouse. Since listing in May 2004, the store count has grown from 10 to 107 without having to tap shareholders for additional capital. Who knew Australians had such an insatiable appetite for leather lounges?  Equally as impressive as store growth are the financial returns investors have enjoyed. Since listing, sales have increased by 1,068%, net profit has increased by 1,407%, and the dividend has increased by 1,263%. From a listing price of $1 to the current share price of $10.79, Nick Scali (ASX:NCK) has been a 10-bagger for shareholders who have stayed th ..read more
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“It was horrific.” How Robert Kelly overcame adversity to build a $6 billion business
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by Livewire Markets
7M ago
By the time most people reach their mid-forties, they are thinking about an exit strategy for their working life. That was not the case for Robert Kelly AM, who, in 1975, after a series of harrowing business experiences, was dusting himself off and preparing to start all over again. Kelly is the Founder, Managing Director and CEO of Steadfast (ASX: SDF), the ASX-listed insurance broking firm with a market capitalisation of ~$6 billion. Insurance is a harsh industry where the big players compete on price and price alone. Steadfast, under Kelly’s stewardship, has taken a different path choo ..read more
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25 years and counting: How this “market animal” has consistently beaten the market
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by Livewire Markets
1y ago
It's been 25 years since the first days of Ausbil Investment Management, and Executive Chairman, CIO and Head of Equities Paul Xiradis is still one of the first to arrive at the office.  The self-confessed "market animal" lives and breathes investing. But few know the making of X, as he is now universally known.  The eldest son of Greek immigrants, Xiradis always knew the value of entrepreneurial spirit - having keenly watched his father run several fish shops growing up. While Xiradis admits these years were "never easy", they instilled in him a desire to one day run a business ..read more
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How Dawn Kanelleas perfected the science of small-cap investing
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by Livewire Markets
1y ago
Dawn Kanelleas has always been academically competitive. The daughter of socially progressive Greek immigrants, she knew, even from a young age, that she was destined to break the social norms of the time.  And so, she decided academics would be a suitable path, donning a laboratory coat for a degree in the male-dominated world of science and later a research position at Oxford University. Luckily, for many of her investors today, this didn't stick.  Backed with a PhD in rare earths, Kanelleas would go on to hold a litany of positions over nearly 15 years before becoming a senio ..read more
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Meet Dawn Kanelleas: The small cap investor who thrives on competition
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by Livewire Markets
1y ago
If I asked you to describe the background of a professional investor, I’m willing to bet you would not have picked someone who has a PhD in chemistry. But that’s exactly who Dawn Kanelleas is.  After running through the full gamut of the University of Sydney’s prestigious science program, she pivoted to a career in finance. But it wasn’t smooth or consistent sailing - and one look at her LinkedIn could tell you that. In this edition of Success and More Interesting Stuff, Kanelleas sits down with me to discuss the transition from science and academia to finance and finally her current role ..read more
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